Sasha works mainly in health clubs but also does public classes and intensives as well as yoga retreat holidays and festivals such as Om & Bass (2017, 2018 & 2019) and World Yoga Festival (2017). She has also worked with a number of athletes, educational establishments, corporates and private individuals.

Sasha is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. This qualification recognises that she has completed over 3700 hours of yoga teaching since 2003 and has attended 445 hours (on top of the original 200hr training - so 645 hours in total!) of yoga teacher training over that time. As a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) she is able to provide Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses for YA registered yoga teachers. She has recently completed a YA level 2 yoga teacher training and now also holds a E-RYT500 qualification. Please see workshops for the latest offerings. She is also a Level 3 Yoga Instructor with the Register of Exercise Professionals.

Sasha has recently signed up to Yoga Quota, a Registered Charity dedicated to sharing the benefits of yoga to everyone. Do you know a charity who’s Oxfordshire-based beneficiaries would enjoy yoga with Sasha? Get in contact to discuss.

"I was reflecting on gender stereotyping after attending Yoga Quota’s excellent training on Teaching Inclusive Yoga and was inspired to write a short artice for their blog. It looks at some issues around consumerism, advertising & self-identity through the lens of yoga philosophy and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. I hope you enjoy reading it :)"

Sasha started practicing yoga to help ease her stressful lifestyle (simultaneously working full-time in IT whilst studying part-time for a Computing/Business degree at Oxford Brookes University), and to complement her more conventional exercise options at the gym. After 17 years in IT, in 2003, she took a career break to take up a Hatha Yoga teacher training programme, studying with Bob Smith (author of Yoga for a New Age) and Ki McGraw from the Hatha Yoga Center of Seattle. She was a full-time yoga instructor for six and a half years, but now combines part-time careers in both yoga and IT.

Sasha at the Sweaty Betty Oxford store opening

Since her initial training, she has developed her personal practice - mainly in Ashtanga Yoga - with teachers local to and visiting Oxford (see www.oxfordyoga.co.uk for workshops in Oxford, plus Oxford and National Ashtanga classes.) She has explored lots of different forms including Hot yoga, Jivamukti yoga, Iyengar yoga, Aerial yoga, Tripsichore, Ballet yoga, Yin yoga, Acro yoga (etc - you get the idea, she loves yoga!), but "my favourites are Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Hatha". Sasha works mainly in health clubs but also does public classes and intensives as well as yoga retreat holidays. She has also worked with a number of athletes, educational establishments, corporates and private individuals. Contact Sasha for your specific requirements. Prices start from £40 per hour.

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Sasha Norton views the practices of asana and pranayama as a preparation for the deeper practices of concentration and meditation.

Yoga is a systematic training of the physical body, breath, senses and mind in attempt to achieve spiritual union and self-realization. Although this may not be the aim of every practitioner ('and indeed was never my intention when I first turned to yoga for stress relief'), the techniques and methods are also effective in relieving physical and mental tension and encouraging a greater sense of well-being. Strength, flexibility and stamina are welcome by-products.

Sasha's preference is for a dynamic, physically challenging style of asana practice leading to a deeper state of relaxation and preparation for meditation. However, this is carefully balanced with the students' own needs and abilities and classes are constructed in an organic way to meet these needs. Where possible, the following elements are covered in each session: sun salutations, (flowing) standing postures, balances, core stability, backbends, twists, inversions, forward bends, savasana (relaxation) and pranayama (breath work). A variety of postures and techniques are used as appropriate, with modifications as necessary to suit individuals.

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